05/13/2015 03:14 am ET | Updated May 13, 2015

NASA Astronaut Captures Stunning Vine Videos Of City Lights And Lightning Strikes From Space

NASA astronaut Terry Virts has been wowing the web with breathtaking Vine videos captured from the International Space Station.

NASA's Facebook page for the ISS shared one of Virts’ stunning Vine clips on Sunday. The video shows the glittery lights of India from space. It has since gone viral.

India night flight along the east coast. #SpaceVine from Astronaut Terry Virts

Over the weekend, Virts also shared this incredible Vine of a lightning storm over India. “A majestic performance that inspires awe and respect,” the astronaut wrote.

He recently also posted a Vine showing Typhoon Noul as it approached the Philippines:

And another featuring Ana, 2015’s first Atlantic tropical storm:

Virts was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz rocket in November 2014. He is scheduled to return to Earth from the ISS in a month.


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    Terry Virts, referring to a picture of his colleague Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore "Can you spot the space walker in this picture? He's very small compared to the enormous starboard truss of the ISS."
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    Out on the P3 truss. #AstroButch handing me his cable to install on the new antenna. #spacewalk
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    Laying 100' of cable in each of these bags, #AstroButch and I installed them from the lab to new antennas.
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    Mission Accomplished - 3 #spacewalks, 800' of cable, 4 antennas, 3 laser reflectors, 1 greased robotic arm.
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    And for the second half of our #spacewalk today- me greasing the robotic arm.
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    Working at sunrise- laying more cables! #spacewalk
  • My very first “steps” outside, going down through the airlock hatch. #USEVA29 #spacewalk
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    #AstroButch in the vacuum of space today. #spacewalk
  • On my way inside at the end of a long and successful #spacewalk- thanks #AstroButch for a great pic!
  • My #spacewalk lead #AstroButch, with me upside down in his visor.
  • My first ever spacewalk today- AWESOME!!!
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    Our official “100 Days” patch. 2.5 months to go. Time is flying WAY TOO FAST!
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  • The smile before my first #spacewalk barely fit in the camera frame. #USEVA29
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    Extensive #Africa desert of #Libya and #Chad.
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    #EarthArt northeast #Libya.
  • The camera doesn't do it justice - floating in space, looking down on creation, seeing new color shades. #spacewalk
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    #EarthArt Simien National Park #Ethiopia
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    #EarthArt #RedSea